You can learn how to draw cartoons like the pros with a few basic art supplies and our easy step-by-step lessons. No matter how complicated a cartoon character or scene may look, just about any drawing can be broken down into smaller pieces.
If you follow the smaller pieces (or steps) one by one, you’ll be amazed by how quickly you’ll learn how to draw everything from a smiling cartoon baby to a cartoon robot in action!
To begin learning how to draw cartoons, you’ll need a few basic drawing supplies including a pencil, pencil sharpener, an eraser, a felt-tip pen, and paper. In each how to draw cartoons section, the first drawing will be of the subject you will be working on. Examine the lines and shapes of the subject carefully before proceeding to the first step.
The instructions in each article will always start with larger basic shapes, such as ovals, rectangles, and triangles, depending on the subject. Draw the full shape, even if some of it will not be seen in the final drawing. The red lines in each illustration show exactly what to draw in that step, while the lines drawn in previous steps are shown in gray.
After all the steps are complete, use a felt-tip pen to go over the pencil lines. Ink only the lines you want to keep in the drawing. Let the ink dry, then erase the extra pencil lines.
The last step in learning how to draw is adding color.
Start by adding the main color, gently adding darker colors to areas that would be in shadows or less light (generally toward the bottom or underneath the shapes). This is called shading.
After shading is complete, add lighter colors where more light would be (usually on the top areas of the shapes, where sunlight would naturally hit them). This is called highlighting. Shading and highlighting help the drawing look more realistic.
Once you fill in all the colors and are pleased with your cartoon drawing, you’re finished. Way to go!
In our how to draw cartoons articles, you will learn how to draw a cartoon hobo, a cartoon juggler, a cartoon monster truck, and much, much more. Here is a preview:
- How to Draw a Cartoon Baby
- How to Draw a Cartoon Dog
- How to Draw a Cartoon Dragon
- How to Draw a Cartoon Girl
- How to Draw a Cartoon Vampire
- How to Draw a Cartoon Monster Truck
- How to Draw a Cartoon Mouse
- How to Draw a Cartoon Locomotive
- How to Draw a Cartoon Skateboarder
- How to Draw a Cartoon Stuffed Lion
- How to Draw a Cartoon Hobo
- How to Draw a Cartoon Clydesdale Horse
- How to Draw a Cartoon Soldier
- How to Draw a Sad Clown Cartoon
- How to Draw an Overweight Jogger Cartoon
- How to Draw a Cartoon Juggler
- How to Draw a Cartoon Roller-Skater
- How to Draw a Baseball Pitcher's Windup Cartoon
- How to Draw a Napping Old Man Cartoon
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